Hello all, myself and my wife have just returned from our first trip to Vegas. We visited for one week from 19th October to 26th October. We are from Scotland (UK) and booked the trip around 12 months ago via Thomas Cook, so this has been a long time coming! We stayed at NYNY and flew direct from Glasgow, which is a 10-hour flight. We had planned all the usual Vegas first time excursions, such as hotel exploration, Grand Canyon, shows, etc. and I'll try and provide a brief summary of our week. In terms of gambling I am mainly a BJ player, but fancied trying some VP too. My wife mainly plays slots. Our bankroll was very moderate at $2k, but with all the excursions we had planned I figured this would probably suffice. Day 1: Monday 19th October We got up at 5am to be at the airport for 7am for a 10am flight from Glasgow to Las Vegas. We got to the airport on time and elected to upgrade for priority check-in for £10/$15 each, which allowed us to skip the massive check-in queue, get on the plane first and ensure our bags were off first at McCarran, so this seemed like a pretty sweet deal. Our flight was uneventful, if not very long. I downloaded the entire season two of Boardwalk Empire onto my iPad, so that kept me going and a few drinks were had, but I couldn't get much sleep with all the excitement and anticipation. There were a few idiots on our flight, which was to be expected and the airline staff did an okay job of keeping them under control, but they could have been stronger IMO. We landed around 12:30pm and were through immigration by 1:15pm. We had booked a Presidential limo to collect us from the airport and Nathaniel was waiting once we collected our bags. I asked him if we could stop off at the Welcome to Las Vegas sign for photos and then do a tour of the strip, since we had the limo booked for 1.5 hours and he was more than happy to oblige. He even got out the car to take photos, which I wasn't expecting. I gave him a $25 tip, which he seemed happy with. I couldn't recommend them more and would definitely use them again. We then checked into NYNY and I tried the $20 trick, which seemed to work as we got moved to a top floor room in New York Tower B (17th floor), with a view of the strip and a king size bed. The guy even gave me the $20 back, which was even better, so kudos to him. We were both very tired by this stage, as the time difference meant we'd been up for around 19 hours, but we were starving so we ventured out to take in our surroundings and decided to go to Planet Hollywood in the Caesars Forum Shops for dinner, it was nice but didn't have the same atmosphere at the other Planet Hollywood restaurants we have eaten in (Orlando and Paris). We then headed back to the hotel and my wife went to sleep around 6pm, whilst I stayed up and played VP at the Times Square Bar; I invested $20 and cashed out for $70 after being up to $95 at one point. I got a few comped beers too which was nice. I then went to bed around 8pm, but woke up again at 3am and was starving so I went downstairs and got a slice of pizza and a coke from Sirricos. I then went and played some more VP and turned $20 into $50 and headed back to bed around 4am and slept till around 8am. Day 2 This day wasn't hugely eventful, we just spent most of it exploring the Strip and taking it all in, starting with MGM, Mandalay Bar, Luxor and the Excalibur, before heading north all the way up to Wynncore. We went to Margartaville for lunch where the fish tacos were amazing, but I then lost $40 pretty quickly on VP before we headed back to the hotel. I had a MyVegas Aria Buffet reward to use so we went there for dinner and I was very impressed. I also had a bottomless beverage MyVegas reward so two buffets, bottomless alcohol for me and soft drinks for my Wife came to $35, which was great value. Day 3 This was Grand Canyon day. We booked a helicopter trip through Papillon and were picked up at 5:40am so it was another early start, which would be a recurring theme throughout our trip! The trip itself was great, stunning scenery and amazing customer service, plus we got to sit up front of the helicopter without incurring any extra charges, which was a bonus. The best part was that we were back in the hotel by 11am, so still had the majority of the day. I dipped my toe into a little $5 BJ, started with $50 and cashed out for $35 a while later, but then realised you don't get rated on the $5 BJ tables so they're a bit of a waste of time IMO. My wife went to the pool in the afternoon and I played a little more $5 BJ, despite what I said earlier! I bought in for another $50 and cashed out for $85 or so, which was nice, to leave with a small win. We had a reasonably early night as we had a day-trip to LA planned for the next day, which was another early pick-up (see what I mean!). Day 4 This was our trip to LA. My wife has been intent on visiting LA, whereas I have not, so this was a compromise to do a day-trip whilst we were in Vegas so we can tick it off the list. We were picked up by a minibus around 6am and were on the road by 7am after a couple of further pick-ups. We got to LA by 11:30am, which seemed like pretty good timing and had lunch at the Warner Bros Studios. We then did the Hollywood Hills and Sign, Hollywood Blvd, Beverley Hills and Santa Monica Pier/Beach (which was really nice), before leaving around 4pm. However, due to a couple of accidents and bad traffic we didn't get back to the hotel until 10:30pm, which was a pain in the ass. We made up for it with late night chinese food in our hotel at Chin Chin which was really nice. The tour operator was Quality Tours of Las Vegas and whilst it was a reasonably cost-effective way to visit LA, the trip was misrepresented as they said we would be having lunch at the Cheesecake Factory in Beverley Hills, whilst we actually had lunch in the Warner Bros staff canteen; it was still nice food, but not the same as a restaurant. In addition, as I said we didn't get back until 10:30pm, but there was no dinner provided or even an opportunity as we were on the road from 4pm to 10:30pm. Day 5 This was another free day until the evening when we had tickets to see Britney Spears at Planet Hollywood (my wife is a big fan and I thought what the hell). I went down to Starbucks and decided to jump on the $5 BJ table just for fun and cashed out for $75 after buying in for $50, so a quick $25 profit was nice and paid for Starbucks. We then decided to do a bit of clothes shopping at the South Outlets. We went to IHOP for breakfast down there first, which was great and then spent a few hours shopping which was okay as I got a few things for myself whilst my wife spent a lot of her money on a handbag and other bits of pieces. We both really like clothes from American Eagle and unfortunately there isn't one at the South Outlets (but there is at the North), so we got the SDX to the Fashion Show Mall at the north end of the strip and spent a while in there picking up a few other things. We then went back to the hotel and I played some $10 BJ so I would at least get rated. I don't remember how I did, but I know I definitely didn't lose, so I was either even or up slightly. We then went to Britney Spears at Planet Hollywood and despite her miming most of the set it was a really good show and I enjoyed it more than I thought I would have. The theatre itself is very good as I think you're guaranteed a good seat wherever you are. Once we were back at NYNY my wife played some slots before going to bed and I settled in for a long $10 blackjack session. I started at one table and was doing well before the dealer changed out and the new dealer was dealing the cards faster than I could see them; I know that wasn't the reason I started losing, but it pissed me off so I moved tables. Then that same dealer moved to my new table so I left that table again, although he and I had a good joke about it. I moved to my third table of the evening which is where I spent the next 2+ hours. Our table was a lot of fun and it was like a craps table at times, with players fist-pumping and high-fiving and I made back my losses from the previous two tables and cashed out for $200, which is pretty much where I started. The only problem I had was that I forgot to clock-in my players card so didn't get any credit for this session, despite it being my longest of the trip (a mistake I won't make again!). I went to bed around 3am pretty drunk from lots of vodka 7s. Day 6 I woke up reasonably early despite only getting to bed around 3am and told my wife I would go and get us Starbucks. On my way down I jumped on a $25 3:2 BJ table and couldn't lose. I even elected against taking even money when I hit BJ and the dealer had an Ace and I still won. I bought in for $100 and cashed out for $200 in a matter of minutes, which was a great start to the day. We then decided to venture downtown to do a bit of exploring. We got the SDX up to Fremont Street and wandered around taking it all in, dipping into a few casinos along the way. We ended up having lunch in MSS, which was really nice and good value. I had a Reuben and my Wife had the chicken tenders. I couldn't believe the sampler of beers was only $6 for 5 30oz beers. We then did a bit more exploring and got the SDX back to the Fashion Show Mall as my Wife had seen something else she wanted. We then each got one of those yard cocktails for the walk down the strip from Senor Frogs in Treasure Island, which were really nice and two for $33 was the cheapest I saw these anywhere and there was plenty of alcohol. I was starting to develop a bit of a hangover from my daytime booze so decided when we got back to the hotel I would go for a sleep. However, when we got there I decided I fancied a quick BJ session. I jumped on the $25 3:2 table again, bought in for $100 and cashed out for $225, which was nice. There were some big fish at that table, betting $300 per hand, which was pretty amazing to see, especially when one player bet $300, doubled it and lost (gulp). I then went for a nap around 5pm and was up again around 6pm as we had tickets for Beatles Love at The Mirage at 9:30pm. We went to the Rainforest Cafe for dinner near Planet Hollywood and got seats on the patio overlooking the Strip, which was really nice. The food was decent enough. The Beatles Love show was excellent and would highly recommend it. I got discounted tickets through www.smartervegas.com We got back to NYNY around midnight and my Wife went to bed and I jumped on the $25 BJ table, but clocked in this time. I played for a while and lost my $200 profit from earlier in the day and another $100 on top of that, so it wasn't a great end to the day, but I wasn't too fussed. I went to bed around 1am. Day 7 This was a completely free day and I decided to put some NFL bets on and watch it in the sports book. I put a $50 parlay on the Redskins, Falcons and Dolphins money line and Patriots -7. It was set to return $328, but since the Pats only won by 7 point it was void and my bet paid $172, which was okay since the Skins were 24-0 at one point. We went up to Johnny Rockets in Ballys for lunch so that I could use one of the ACG coupons. After that we went to Hooters to use the coupons from the ACG book for freeplay and match bets. I lost around $40 in total, but bet for quite a while. We went to the Italian restaurant in NYNY for dinner. My wife had the pomodoro pasta and I had a pizza. The merlot was lovely and the nice friendly service made it a lovely last night meal. My wife then went to play slots whilst I clocked in at a $10 BJ table. I had decided that since I still had a few hundred dollars left I would play quite loose and try to rack up some big wins and if I didn't then what the hell, I came to spend the money anyway, so I wasn't too fussed. I lost $100 quite quickly and moved to another table, which turned out to be excellent. There was myself and two other players, who both knew how to play basic strategy very well and a friendly dealer who was happy to offer advice. I bought in for $100 and cashed out for $200, thus making my original $100 loss back from earlier in the evening. I then thought screw it, I'll move to the $25 3:2 table and really go for it and this proved to be a great decision. I was flat betting $25, but had a few doubles which came in and went from $200 to $575 very quickly. However, the table wasn't very steady with players coming and going, which kind of put me off. I then agreed in my head that when I got to either $600 or $500 I would color up. I went down to $500 and decided that it was time to cash out, which was a nice $300 profit. I went to the cashier and decided to cool off with some VP at the Centre Bar in NYNY. I was doing quite well and since I was getting Sam Adams comped I was pretty happy. However, I was obviously easy pickings as I was approached by a hooker (hey, at least it completed my Vegas experience!). She asked what I was playing and she said she had no idea how to play poker. Since she was fairly young (i.e. early 20s) and decent looking I never clocked she was a hooker right away, I thought she was with her friends and she was just getting a drink (more fool me). She asked if I was Irish and when I said no, Scottish she said she loved my accent, which was a bit of a giveaway as the Scottish accent has to be one of the least flattering accents there are. She then asked if I wanted to buy her a drink (Hennessy no less!) and I said no and walked away. I then lapped around the casino taking it all in for one last time and when I walked back past the bar I noticed she was chatting to a guy the other side from where I was. I then decided it was time for bed, but wanted some bottled water to take to the room, so I sat down at a $10 BJ table (I know, I could have just went to the bar or shop, but since I'm a degenerate I thought I would try and make some money at the same time!). I bought in for $20 and cashed out for $50 plus two bottles of water (winning). Since it was my favorite dealer I tipped him a bit more than usual and bid him farewell. Day 8: hometime Nothing major to report, limo collection to return to the airport and a smooth 9 hour flight back into Glasgow followed by a drive home and I'm currently trying to stay awake so that I can sleep tonight (it's currently 1pm here). Upon checkout I was informed that I had $40 of backend comps taken off due to my play, which was 5 hours at $15 per average bet. It should have been more if I had clocked in on the Friday evening, but hey ho. My wife had been using my MLife care for her slot play, so that got us some express comps too. I ended up coming back with marginally more bankroll than I came with which was nice, so I can clock my first trip to Vegas as a positive trip...Me 1 v 0 Vegas. Overall we both had a great time and we have agreed that we will definitely be back. We've even started looking at flights for next year, but have a trip to New York in March and the Maldives in May so it will need to be later in the year if at all. I think when we go back it will be for less time as we won't need to do LA, Grand Canyon, etc next time. I hope you've enjoyed reading and didn't find this too boring! Thank you, Vegas!!!!